Only one day after visitors flocked to Hartpury’s successful Summer Fair, the College welcomed more than 1000 people to its own Home Farm for a fun-filled event celebrating British farming and production in partnership with Sainsburys.
Families from throughout Gloucestershire and beyond had the chance to get a taste of what Hartpury agriculture has to offer, enjoying demonstrations, a variety of activities, tractor driving and trailer rides.
The College entertained members of the public with sheep shearing, welding and plasma cutting demonstrations while people were also able to gain an insight into dairy unit as they saw it in operation during milking time. The farm also had its vast array of the latest machinery on display, with visitors able to learn how to drive a tractor, and the chance to get up close and personal with farm animals.
And there was plenty more for the children to get involved in with the activity zone housing a face painting, storytelling and crafts and they could compete in the college’s own ‘Farmula 1’ pedal tractor challenge.
One of the visitors who enjoyed the day was Sue Pearce, from Up Hatherley, with her sons, Joseph, 4, and Edward, 2. She said: “It truly was a brilliant day out for all our family. We enjoyed everything! Some special highlights were the sheep shearing, storytelling, remote controlled tractor, tractor rides and the lovely herdsman we met in the cow shed.
“There was so much space to roam in your clean farm, plus lots of facilities to see and everything pitched at child level too. It was a lovely, relaxed family day and we’ll be first in the queue for the next one.”
Visitors were able to sample local produce from a farmers’ market, tasting and buying everything from local meats and cheese to African cuisine, while Hartpury were also able to offer tasters of the end products that are created at Home Farm, including veal, yoghurts and milkshake.
Hartpury Principal, Russell Marchant, said: “Hartpury’s Open Farm Sunday was a great occasion for all ages and all of the farm staff, lecturers and students put on a fabulous day for everybody to enjoy. It was great to see so many young children finding out about where their food comes from.”
Hartpury hosted the event in partnership with Sainsburys as part of the nationwide Open Farm Sunday - an annual day organised by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) that provides an opportunity for farmers to open their gates and welcome visitors on to their farm to discover the world of farming.